Is The ZANU(PF) Twitter Account Real?
At first glance the account @zanu_pf bears the resemblance of an authentic twitter account. It uses the party colours and emblems extensively.On the whole seems to tow the party line.
However in the wake of rumours surrounding President Robert Mugabe, we have started asking a few questions about it, based purely on how it has responded to them.
First and foremost when you look at how careless it is when it communicates, then you will realise that there is something amiss. Even the erratic use of language raises eyebrows. ZANU(PF) is a party that plays a lot of things close its chest and for it tweet that the president and his wife were out shopping in Singapore is something that would be extremely out of the ordinary. As a party there are lot of things it never comments on and when comments are made they are always very specific.
Then there is the use of language. I hardly think a party led by a former school teacher; a party big on education would tweet something like this:
people r spreading rumors like feces during a cholera crisis.
If they did that, then we are uncles to monkeys. The spelling and the very use of the word feces(sp) would make the party’s blood boil. There are other errors, eg it refers to the president as Cde GR Mugabe continually.
Not to suggest that there is anything sinister behind the absence of the president but it would be uncharacteristic for ZANU(PF) to be that careless with communication, either way.
Seeing it being quoted as a news source by many made us wonder. We are not convinced that it is indeed the official party twitter.
We might be wrong but that would be a surprise.